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Showtime results: Williams, Khurtsidze & Harrison decimate Matano, Douglas & Guerrero respectively   Leave a comment

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BETHLEHEM, PA (March 6, 2016) – Julian Williams secured the IBF’s No. 1 position at 154 pounds and called out Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo after an impressive seventh-round TKO of Italian Marcello Matano Saturday on SHOWTIME from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

The undefeated Philadelphia native put on a clinic, breaking down his opponent from the opening bell until referee Gary Rosato stepped in to protect a defenseless Matano (16-2, 5 KOs) at 2:24 of the seventh round. Williams (23-0-1, 14 KOs) utilized a steady diet of combos, jabs and body shots in the middle rounds to weaken Matano and set up the big shots to close the show in the seventh.

Williams landed 59 percent of his power shots, including a staggering 76 percent in the deciding seventh stanza.

Julian Williams:

Maybe people will think they saw a chink in the armor tonight.

Maybe guys will come out from under the rock and get some of this West Philly work.

Jermall has been watching my performances. Him and his brother know exactly who I am. He needs to fight or vacate now. He needs to step up, but he’s already laying his groundwork and making excuses.

Step up and fight me. It’s two of the best junior middleweights in the world. It’s about greatness. I want to be great. All of you turkeys at 154 pounds, let’s fight.

After the fight, Marcello Matano took issue with the stoppage:

He was pretty fast with his jab, but I felt like I was just getting into the fight.

I felt the punch, but I felt like I could have kept going. I have a warrior heart and I never want to quit.

I’m going to go back to Italy and take a little rest; then I’ll be right back in the gym.  It was a wonderful experience coming here to America. I got to fight a top-echelon fighter and I feel like I belong.

Avtandil Khurtsidze, a human brick wall barreling forward, upset previously unbeaten middleweight contender Antoine Douglas with a thoroughly dominating 10th-round TKO.

The 35-year-old “mini-Mike Tyson” plowed forward from the opening bell until the TKO at 0:33 of the 10th. The 6-foot Douglas had no answer for his 5-foot-4 opponent, a Brooklyn-based native of Georgia who is looking to become the first world champion from the former Soviet nation.

Khurtsidze (32-2-2, 21 KOs) hurt Douglas (19-1-1, 13 KOs) with a big left in the opening seconds of the third round, sending the 23-year-old face forward through the ropes. Somehow, Douglas recovered from the first knockdown of his career and fought himself back into the fight. The Washington, D.C., native rallied to win the fourth and the fifth rounds, and the all-action sixth could have gone either way.

Khurtsidze opened the seventh with a monstrous one-punch left to floor Douglas, who again somehow survived the round on failing legs as Khurtsidze threw over 100 total punches. Khurtsidze, who showed unbelievable stamina to push the pressure throughout, started the 10th with a relentless attack, forcing referee Benjy Esteves to stop the fight at 0:33 of the tenth round with Douglas defenseless against the ropes.

Avtandil Khurtsidze:

I knew he was going to get tired (yet Khurtsidze took the fight on less than three weeks’ notice). I felt like I was going to catch him. He’s a good fighter, but he’s not strong.

I knew he was going to be hungry. But I also knew that I was going to beat him. It was short notice but I did everything I could in the time we had. I stayed in the gym and stayed sharp.

Whoever they put in front me, I’m ready for them. I love fighting. I’ll fight anybody.

Douglas had entered the fight as a fast-rising 160-pounder on the cusp of a title shot.

Antoine Douglas:

I feel OK (to SHOWTME Sports analyst Steve Farhood after the fight). He definitely dictated. He definitely had a better day today. It’s not discouraging; we just weren’t able to execute. Naturally, I’m crushed. It’s back to the drawing board.

In the opening bout of the telecast, middleweight contender Tony Harrison looked impressive in a sixth round TKO over former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero.

Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) was the aggressor from the outset, jabbing at range to set up his favorite weapon – a powerful right.  The Detroit native floored Guerrero with a big right with 15 seconds to go in the second round.  The southpaw got up, but looked hurt and was saved by the bell.

Guerrero (28-4, 20 KOs) had his moments in the fourth and fifth rounds after some heedful advice from his corner, but he couldn’t get inside to escape Harrison’s powerful right. It was a clean left hook midway through the sixth that ultimately finished Guerrero.  After Harrison dropped Guerrero with the left, the Dominican Republic native beat the count but had no legs and went back to the canvas after four more consecutive shots from Harrison, forcing referee Gary Rosato to stop the bout at 1:56 of the sixth.

Tony Harrison:

I threw punches back and I finished the rounds stronger than him (Harrison landed 57 percent of his power shots). I dominated the fight. My dad kept telling me to put the hook behind the right hand and if I had listened to him better I could have gotten the knockout much quicker.

I was backing him up. My game plan was to take advantage of the fact that southpaws don’t fight well going backwards. I tried to just keep putting him back and discouraging him. I told everyone I was taking the fight to him. What’s not to like about me? I’m exciting.

I want big fights, I want to go back to Detroit and I want the Willie Nelson rematch.

Fernando Guerrero:

I wasn’t on today.  He wasn’t faster than me, stronger than me or more skilled. I just locked up. I wasn’t listening to my corner, I didn’t do anything tonight.

It just happens. Sometimes you have a bad day. Today was as bad as I could ever imagine.

We’ll go back to the drawing board.  I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. We trained so hard. He wasn’t as fast or strong as we thought he’d be. Today was a bad day for me to have a bad day.

Fox Sports 1 results: Herring makes easy work of Flores   Leave a comment

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BETHLEHEM, PA (February 10, 2016) – Undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a unanimous decision (100-88, 100-88, 99-89) over Colombia’s Luis Eduardo Flores (21-3, 17 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout in the main event of Tuesday’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes fight card at Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Herring, who represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic games after winning the U.S. National Amateur title the same year, commanded the action throughout.

“I knew if I boxed smart it would show, but I didn’t think it would be that wide a margin,” said Herring. “He’s a very experienced fighter.”

Herring added, “I was trying to get rid of him early because he’s a dangerous guy. If you let a guy like that sit around too long there’s always the risk that you might get clipped with something and regret it.”

Herring, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, hopes the win Tuesday night will launch him into world title contention in 2016.

Making his U.S. debut, the Magangue, Colombia native Flores put on a valiant effort, recovering from a flurry in the second round that would have sent most fighters packing.

In the fifth round, the 28-year-old Flores was ruled to have been knocked down twice, but disputes those calls by the ref. “Both times that the officials called it a knockdown and started counting were just slips. I didn’t actually get knocked down either time,” said Flores.

Flores added, “I know that (Herring) had the advantage tonight, and he outperformed me. But I’ll keep trying wherever my next opportunity comes.”

“I think getting a win like this over a fighter with Flores’ experience will help me gain a lot more respect. People seeing me win on my first PBC card on national TV on FS1 and FOX Deportes just helps raise my profile and I look forward to being back,” said Herring.

The opening televised bout featured unbeaten prospect Alex Martin (12-0, 5 KOs) defeating Rossemberth Gomez (17-5-1, 13 KOs) by unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, 79-73) in an eight-round welterweight contest.

Martin, a 2012 National Golden Gloves Champion, controlled much of the fight from the outside using his superior footwork to evade Gomez.

The Harvey, IL native Martin said, “I could see his punches coming from a mile away, but I should have followed up a little more than I did tonight and let my hands go a bit more too.”

An owner of 340 amateur wins, Martin turned pro in 2013 and is yet to lose. That experience helped Martin keep his composure when Gomez taunted him repeatedly in the second round.

“We wanted to make Martin mad and get him to punch himself out if we could,” said the 29-year-old Gomez.

Martin responded to the talk of baiting saying, “I just stuck to my fundamentals, kept pumping my jab and setting him up for the next shot.

“I knew I hurt him with the uppercut. He walked right into it. And then when I threw the hook he couldn’t do anything,” said Martin.

Following the bout Gomez said, “I plan to retire after tonight. I care too much and fight too hard to be just another opponent.”

The second televised fight saw Raynell Williams (11-0, 5 KOs) win a unanimous decision (79-73, 79-73, 78-74) over Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-3-2, 3 KOs) in eight rounds of lightweight action.

A member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, Cleveland’s Williams was able to establish himself early and get in a rhythm.

“The only time he was able to catch me with anything was when I got a little lazy,” said Williams.

Williams caught Tolmajyan with a big right hand in the fourth round, seemingly stunning Tolmajyan momentarily, but he kept his composure and didn’t allow himself to become overzealous.

“I was focused on boxing him and not so much worried about the knockout,” added Williams. “I knew I was winning the rounds.”

In the final frame, Tolmajyan, fighting out of Glendale, CA, caught Williams with a shot that nearly ended things.

Williams recalled, “It was an overhand left that he hit me with. And then he came after me again, but the ref and I made contact, so then the ref pushed me away because he didn’t want me to try holding on to him. But once I got my feet under me I was fine.”

However, Tolmajyan wasn’t impressed with Williams saying, “He wasn’t as good as we were expecting and I had him hurt with my left.

“I thought that I was winning the fight to be honest. I didn’t think I was going to lose the decision,” added Tolmajyan.

Williams concluded, “I hope to learn from my mistakes tonight. I got caught with a good punch in the last few seconds tonight, so I just need to work on consistency and fighting until the final bell.”

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Bounce TV results: Lubin washes Macias; Elegele shocks De Jesus; Galarza routinely outpoints Amoako   Leave a comment

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IMMOKALEE, FL (February 1, 2016) – Rising star Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) defeated Mexican brawler Jose De Jesus Macias (18-5-2, 9 KOs) in his first main event Sunday night on Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV from a sold out Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee in Immokalee, Florida.

Lubin, of Orlando, showed superior skills by using his quick hands and combination punching to offset Macias’ come-forward style. In round five, Lubin scored a knockdown when he landed a cuffing right hook that forced Macias to touch the canvas with his glove.

The fast rising 20-year-old landed the harder blows and was looking to stop his opponent inside the distance. Macias continued to fight aggressively throughout the contest and he was able to survive and push Lubin to 10-rounds for the first time in his career.

Lubin remained perfect as a professional by scores of 99-90 and 100-89 twice.

In a battle of southpaw welterweights, Florida’s Joseph Elegele (15-3, 11 KOs) stopped Alex De Jesus (21-1, 13 KOs) in the sixth round of their scheduled eight-round affair.

Elegele brought the pressure early, hurting De Jesus with an overhand left in round two before he put his opponent on the canvas in round three with a brilliant combination on the ropes. The knockdown came at the end of the round and clearly dazed De Jesus, who walked to the wrong corner after the bell.

A hard left hand punctuated another combination that closed the show for Elegele in round six. The fight was called off by referee James Warring 56 seconds into the round. De Jesus was taken to North Collier Hospital after the fight as a precaution.

In the opening bout, featherweight prospect Dennis Galarza (12-1, 8 KOs) cruised to a unanimous decision over Ghana’s Samual Amaoko (21-6, 15 KOs) in their eight-round bout.

Galarza outclassed Amaoko in every facet, winning each round on his way to his seventh straight win. The more active and accurate fighter, Galarza was rewarded with scores of 80-72 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Here is what the fighters had to say Sunday night:

ERICKSON LUBIN

He was a very awkward fighter with a herky-jerky style. He took a lot of blows and a lot of good blows. In the end I was able to come out with the victory.

He was tougher than I thought. It was a little different than most of my fights but it’s a good experience. I’m happy to get 10 rounds in.

I just want to keep moving on from here and moving forward. I want to move up the ladder.

JOSE DE JESUS MACIAS

He was a strong fighter and he moved very well. I was able to handle everything he had and I thought I was in the fight.

He has a lot of power. He’s not the best guy I’ve faced but he did enough to get the win tonight.

JOSEPH ELEGELE

I felt good out there. I did my thing. I told everybody that I was going to stop this guy and that’s what I did.

I doubled my left hand and I knew I hurt him. He couldn’t take any more shots so I finished him.

I want to fight someone in the top 15. I want to compete with the best. It’s my time.

DENNIS GALARZA

My opponent was very tough. We fought eight hard rounds with a veteran.

I wanted to get him out of there but we stayed patient and stuck to the game plan. I’m getting better every time out there.

It’s my second time going eight rounds and soon I’ll be ready for ten rounds anyone that wants to get in there with me.

SAMUEL AMAOKO

I went out and gave it my all. I thought it was closer and that I was landing some shots with more power.

He is a very good fighter but I fought well and tried to get the win.

HBO results: Kovalev makes easier work of Pascal in rematch; Mikhaylenko outworks Mayfield   Leave a comment

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada (January 30, 2016) – Undefeated Unified WBO, super WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) retains all three of his titles as he makes short work of former light heavyweight world champion, Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KOs), again.

The crowd was deafening as Michael Buffer announced Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Jean Pascal and everyone at Centre Bell was on their feet. Through the first five rounds Pascal weathered the flurry of punches handed out by The Krusher. However, by the fifth round Pascal seemed to be barely able to stay on his feet. Pascal’s trainer Freddie Roach stopped the fight just prior to the start of the eighth round.

After the fight Kovalev said, “I don’t think Freddie Roach changed him at all. He was actually easier for me. I hurt his ego the most because they stopped the fight when he was sitting in the corner on the bench. I hurt my left hand a little from a very hard punch. I broke his nose; maybe that is when I hurt my hand. I don’t like him. I punish him. Merci! I love you Canada!”

Pascal added, “Regardless of what he is as a person, Sergey Kovalev is a great champion. I give him all the credit he deserves. This is the first time he showed he is a clean athlete and I was pleased to prove this by paying for his VADA drug testing. I will be back and better than ever, but as always I know my performances dictate my narrative so I will let my next fights do all my talking. I feel like I let myself, my team and my close family at Interbox down, but we will continue to work together and build our companies, our fantastic market and, God willing, my next title fight in the process. Thank you to all my fans that came out to support me. I will be back. Don’t worry guys.”

When asked about a potential fight with Andre Ward, Kovalev said, “I am very happy this fight will happen.” He also added that in the meantime there is one more fight he wished would happen when he said, “I want to unify all four titles. I want to fight Adonis Chickenson.”

The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast began with a 10-round welterweight battle for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title between Dmitry “They Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (21-0, 9 KOs) of Gelendzhik, Russia and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (19-3-1, 17 KOs) of San Francisco, California.

Mayfield came out of the gates swinging so hard he nearly fell over. Both fighters threw wild punches in the first two fast-paced rounds. The Mechanic dominated through nearly the entire fight. He secured the USBA Welterweight Title and two judges scored his unanimous decision victory a perfect 100-90 and the third judge gave one round to Mayfield 99-91, keeping Mikhaylenko’s undefeated record intact.

After the fight, Mikhaylenko said, “It was a lot of hard work in the ring. Mayfield was tougher than I thought he was going to be. He hung on me too much but I was able to throw more punches. I am happy with my performance.”

Mayfield added, “He is tough, very durable. He was able to absorb my punches. He took some good shots from me, but he was able to recover very well. Really tough guy. Future champ. You need more time to prepare for a guy with Mikahaylenko’s style. I would like a rematch and have the proper time to prepare.”

The Canadian pay-per-view telecast began with a scheduled 10-round bout for the IBF International Middleweight Title between Renan St. Juste of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and Francis Lafreniere of Quebec, Canada. The packed crowd at the Centre Bell was hyped for this fight from the first bell. This fight was a battle with both fighters trading big shots. At the close of the ninth round, Lafreniere unloaded a flurry of punches on St. Juste and the crowd exploded. These two warriors continued to trade punches until the final and brought the crowd at Centre Bell to their feet. Even with the referee deducting a point in the eighth round, Lafreniere still won by unanimous decision (99-90, 97-92, 97-92).

The final swing bout of the evening came after the main event. It featured welterweights Sebastien Bouchard (12-1, 4 KOs) of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada against Damian Mielewczky (9-2, 7 KOs) from Piaseczno, Poland in six rounds of action. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Bouchard 59-55, 50-56, 50-56.

Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Vislan Dalkhaev (5-0, 1 KO) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, kept his perfect record intact. He defeated Alan Salazar (5-2, 2 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico by a perfect unanimous decision; all three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Dalkhaev.

Super lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (21-0, 17 KOs) of Palmdale, California made quick work of Abraham Gomez (13-21-3, 5KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Diaz stopped Gomez at 1:45 of the second round and Diaz grabbed the victory via TKO.

Welterweights David Theroux (9-1, 6 KOs) of Sorel, Quebec, Canada and Juan Armando Garcia (12-3-2, 5 KOs), of Michoacan, Mexico were scheduled to face each other for 6 rounds of action. However, after Theroux delivered a brutal knockdown in the third round. Garcia managed to get back to his feet and resume the fight. Then seconds later he was in trouble and the referee stopped the fight. Theroux was declared the winner by TKO at 2:46 of the third round.

Heavyweights Cassius Chaney (6-0, 4 KOs) of New London, Connecticut and Zoltan Csala (9-5, 7 KOs) of Hungary were scheduled for four rounds of action. The 6″6′ Chaney towered over his Csala. Chaney dominated his opponent until he knocked him down at 2:52 of the third round and the referee stopped the fight.

After the fight Chaney said, “I feel like I learned more tonight. He was a tough opponent. He came to push me and I think that I could have done better. I could have eased my way into it. I threw a lot of bombs early. I give myself a D. I have a lot to learn. I will continue to get better and continue to improve, but the important thing is: I got the win. That was the first time I have ever been booed in my life but they cheered for me in the end.”

Quebec, Canada native Steven Butler (14-0-1, 11 KOs) sought to make quick work of Antonio Hoffman (13-1, 9 KOs) of Angola in the second fight of the evening. Butler scored his first knockdown in the first round of the contest. The super welterweights were scheduled for eight rounds of action. Butler came out of his corner with a vengeance in the second round. The next several rounds were uneventful until Butler scored a hard knockout just before the end of the eighth and final round. Hoffman managed to get back on his feet before the bell rang to end the fight. Butler handed Hoffman his first career loss via a unanimous decision victory with two judges scoring the fight 78-72 and one judge scoring it 79-71.

In the first fight of the evening, Virgilijus “The Terminator” Stapulionis (17-3-1, 13 KOs) of Lithuania faced Laszlo Fazekas (27-24-1, 17 KOs) of Hungary for a scheduled ten-round junior middleweight battle. “The Terminator” knocked down Fazekas twice in the first round. He started the second round with another quick knockdown of Fazekas. Stapulionis landed his fourth knockdown in the second round and the referee stopped the fight.

“I felt good. I had good training, and I have a good team. When I go to ring I know I am ready. I go to the ring only to win. He was not a better opponent. He was a good fighter. I have good training every day and I know I am strong. I want to thank my coach, Robert Garcia, and my team, Main Events and my manager, Egis Klimas.”

*All records have been updated to reflect tonight’s results.

FOX results: Garcia edges Guerrero; Vasquez outclasses Martinez; Breazeale outlasts Mansour   Leave a comment

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Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2016) – Before a crowd of 12,052 at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, Danny “Swift” Garcia, (32-0, 18 KOs) of Philadelphia won a unanimous 12-round decision over Gilroy, Calif.’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (33-4, 18 KOs). Scores were 116-112 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Fighting for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Title in the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX event, Guerrero came out aggressively in the first four rounds using a solid jab and strong over hand lefts to control the action.

Garcia acclimated well to the pressure in the fifth round, finding his range and potshotting with right hands to halt the oncoming Guerrero. The theme would play itself out during the second half of the fight as well with Garcia dominating the action. Sensing the fight slipping away, Guerrero came on strongly in the final round with both combatants fighting to the bitter end as the crowd stood and roared with approval.

Danny Garcia

It was what I expected. I knew I would win at least eight or nine rounds. I knew there would be some head butts in there. He head butted me so much on my forehead.

I was throwing my combinations, using my legs like my dad told me to do. I knew he was going to come to fight. He’s a rugged warrior. I’m back where I belong. I am now a two-division world champion.

Guerrero is tough. No one has ever stopped him. He came to fight; he was in shape. I’m taking nothing away from him. I am glad it went the way it went. I just want to take some time off, let my body heal and take it one day at a time.

Angel Garcia (Danny’s father/trainer)

I thought it was a good fight. There were a lot of head butts. He is a dirty fighter. At the end of the day, Danny pulled it off; it doesn’t matter what people say.

I knew Robert was going to be at 100. It was a world title fight. Anytime it is a world title fight, no one is going to slouch. When you come to fight a former champion or champion, it’s going to be a battle. These are elite fighters and there is always going to be a great fight.

Robert Guerrero

I want a rematch and that’s it. Not one person out there thought Danny won, but his team. I pressured him, I nailed him, busted his body up. I out-jabbed him.

I thought I won the fight. The crowd thought I won the fight. It was a great fight. I am happy I’m healthy. I will be back.

It’s all for the fans. That’s why they bring me back. They love it and they enjoy it. They were entertained tonight. They thought I won the fight.

Ruben Guerrero (Robert’s father/trainer)

I know we won it. He kept running and holding, running and holding. How are you going to win a fight when you run and hold every time?

We wanted to win every round and I think we won every round. I want a rematch. That wasn’t fair. I want a rematch as soon as possible.

Punch stats showed Garcia with a wide margin of power shots landed, 33 percent to Guerrero’s 24 percent.

In a 10-round welterweight battle, “Sergeant” Sammy Vasquez of Monessen, Pennsylvania improved to (21-0, 15 KOs) with a sixth round stoppage of Aron Martinez, (20-5, 4 KOs) of Michoacan, Mexico.

Peppering Martinez with a piston like jab, Vasquez controlled the action using his full skillset to score points at will against the slower Martinez. Staying the aggressor through round four and five, Vasquez continued to beat Martinez to the punch using a battering right hook.

The bout ended abruptly as Martinez was not able to continue following the sixth round due to a left elbow injury.

Sammy Vasquez

Of course I won the fight, but Martinez is a tough competitor, a tough Mexican fighter. I tried to mix it up with him a little bit, but there was no sense in me trying to do that. I could have easily outboxed him, which I started to do, but I wanted more. I was just starting to warm up.

A victory feels good of course, but I wanted more. I wanted to go 12 rounds, if it would have lasted that long. I wanted a very decisive win. Unfortunately, he got hurt, but every fight is a learning experience for me.

It’s on to the next chapter and I’m ready for all of the guys at the top. Eventually, I’m going to get them.

Aron Martinez

I hurt my elbow. I couldn’t throw my jab. I started to feel it in the third round. The doctor stopped it.

I was doing okay. Not my best. I tried, but once I hurt my elbow, I knew it was going to be tough to continue.

Opening the telecast was an outstanding heavyweight back and forth brawl between 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, (17-0, 15 KOs) of Glendale, California and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, (22-2-1, 16 KOs), of Philadelphia.

From the first bell it was readily apparent that both big men would throw bombs throughout with Mansour in particular throwing caution to the wind.

Swinging wildly Mansour dropped Breazeale early in the third stanza, badly shaking the former college football quarterback.

However, Breazeale confidently kept his composure, fighting his way back in the fourth. With Mansour apparently running out of gas in the fifth round Breazeale went to work, drilling the muscular southpaw with battering uppercuts and hooks on the inside.

Following the fifth round, Mansour bit through his tongue and cited a jaw injury (which was not broken) and could not continue as the valiant Breazeale was awarded the well-earned victory.

Dominic Breazeale

I didn’t know what happened. Usually when they wave off a fight, it’s over.  Shows I have punching power after all.

I’ve been on the canvas before. I just had my hand in the wrong place. I knew I could get back up. I’m in great shape. It happens to the best of us.

I’m a fighter at heart and I wanted to just get in there and brawl, but I knew I had to stick to the game plan and box him.

Amir Mansour (via Facebook)

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT AND PRAYERS!!! I know that many of u are wondering what exactly happened , so ill tell you. Around the 2nd round, i got hit with my tongue positioned in between my teeth. My mouth piece is fitted for my upper teeth only. Anyway, I bit my damn tongue almost completely in half. (Yes it was painful) so then my damn tongue swelled up so bad, that i literally could not breath, not to mention swallowing so much blood . Been battling a little cold so breathing thru my nose wasnt working. I was suffocating…literally. Got a pretty decent injury to my jaw as well, getting that checked out.

The event was promoted by TGB Promotions and sponsored by Corona.

Ringside results from Sheet Metal Workers Hall: Blanco upsets Ocasio; Maicelo cruises past Amoako   Leave a comment

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Philadelphia, PA (January 22, 2016) – While there was a snow storm brewing outside, fists were flying indoors at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19 on Christopher Columbus Blvd in South Philly. The card was headlined by Angel Ocasio (8-0-2, 2 KOs) vs. Reynaldo Blanco (9-2, 4 KOs), who battled for the vacant WBA-NABA USA lightweight title. Ultimately Ocasio, the hometown fighter, got more than he bargained for. Blanco came to take the title home to Puerto Rico.

Early on the fight was very cat and mouse. Both boxers were crafty and took turns on offense and defense. In round 1, Ocasio took charge early on while Blanco closed stronger, finding a home for body shots. Blanco was able to keep that momentum going in round 2 and hurt Ocasio when he went back to the body with hooks on both sides, following those up with good right hands upstairs. Round 3 was a bit closer, but Blanco still controlled Ocasio from range. The shorter Ocasio had even worse luck getting inside during round 4, allowing Blanco to hurt him with straight right hands, a right uppercut, and a left hook. Rounds 5 and 6 were also clear for Blanco, who pummeled Ocasio with more body shots.

Falling hopelessly behind, a reinvigorated Ocasio started round 7 with a sense of urgency. However, Blanco quickly countered him with power shots to the head that forced Ocasio to back off and hold. Angel would try another quick burst in round 8, but was ineffective and immediately fell back into his usual backtracking. Ocasio was never able to box effectively while backing up throughout the fight. Subsequently Blanco won by unanimous decision, 80-72, 77-75, and 79-73 on the official scorecards.

Back in 2012, Angel Ocasio had 2 draws with Jason Sosa. Sosa then notched 14 straight victories before receiving another draw, this time against the highly acclaimed Nicholas Walters on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” After pulling off what Sosa failed to do twice, Blanco feels ready to challenge Sosa next. Note: Sosa was in attendance to witness Ocasio-Blanco.

In the co-main event, former world title contender Jonathan Maicelo (22-2, 12 KOs) routinely outpointed Samuel Amoako (21-5, 15 KOs) in a 6-round junior welterweight contest. Both fighters weighed-in within 2 pounds of the lightweight limit. Maicelo quickly established himself as the superior fighter, stalking Amoako with quick combinations to the body and head. Amoako kept a tight guard and allowed Maicelo to outwork him while waiting for opportunities to land counter left hooks. However, Amoako was not accurate enough to make up for his output deficiency. Thus Maicelo easily cruised to a unanimous decision, 60-54 on all three scorecards. The bout was cut short by 2 rounds for unknown reasons, but no one complained.

In the final preliminary bout, David Murray (2-1, 2 KOs) easily dispatched Heriberto Salaman (0-2). The light heavyweight showcase was scheduled for 4 rounds. Murray weighed in close to the 175 lb limit while Salaman was much closer to super middleweight. In any event, Murray badly hurt Salaman in the latter half of round 1 with an overhand right and took him out with a devastating left hook shortly thereafter. Salaman surprisingly was able to beat the 10-count, but was rightfully ruled unfit to continue by the referee. The official time of the stoppage was 2:46 into round 1.

After an unannounced intermission, which may have had something to do with the order of the fourth and fifth fights changing, bout four kicked off with Saud Clark (5-1-1, 4 KOs) vs. Julian Valerio (2-3, 1 KO). The bout was scheduled for 4 rounds and took place in the middleweight division (Clark was slightly above the junior middleweight limit). Clark, out the Danny Swift Garcia (DSG) gym in North Philly, came out guns blazing and had Valerio on the defensive as he battered him against the ropes. Then, ever so suddenly, Valerio countered with a single right hook that laid Clark flat. Due to the brutal nature of the fall, the 10-count was waived. The official time of the stoppage was 1:59 into round 1.

In the third fight of the evening, Luis Del Valle made his professional debut against Alberto Manukyan (0-3) in a 4-round junior welterweight contest. Del Valle and Manukyan each weighed in a little over the lightweight limit. The taller and longer Del Valle dominated the bout, battering Manukyan around the ring in each and every round. It actually looked like Del Valle would get the stoppage in round 2, but Manukyan weathered the storm. Manukyan boxed a little better in the final round after Del Valle gave up on scoring a knockout. All judges had the bout for Del Valle, scoring it 40-35, 39-37, and 40-36.

In the second attraction of the night, Idemar Cordero and Luis Ramos made their pro debuts against each other in a middleweight bout scheduled for 4 rounds. Ramos weighed in 2 pounds under the junior middleweight limit while Cordero was a pound over. Both fighters started aggressively but Cordero quickly took charge after stunning Ramos with a right hand. Ramos fought back valiantly but looked sloppy as round 1 came to a close. Round 2 proved even less favorable to Ramos as he spent the majority of the stanza covering up while getting blitzed by body shots. After not returning fire for an extended period of time, Ramos’ corner waved their towel to halt the fight. Cordero won by TKO; the official time of the stoppage was 1:57 into round 2.

In the first bout of the night, Godson Noel (5-0, 4 KOs) engaged in a spirited back-and-forth 4-round light heavyweight battle with Victor Kpadenou (10-9, 5 KOs). Noel weighed in well under the super middleweight limit but Kpadenou was slightly over. In any event, Noel distinguished himself by landing the shorter and straighter punches. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Noel.

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Quick Summary:

Reynaldo Blanco [134.2lbs] UD8 Angel Ocasio [134.4lbs] (80-72, 77-75, 79-73)

Jonathan Maicelo [136.6lbs] UD6 Samuel Amoako [136.7lbs] (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)

David Murray [174.8lbs] TKO1 Heriberto Salaman [169.2lbs] (2:46)

Julian Valerio [153.4lbs] TKO1 Saud Clark [154.3lbs] (1:59)

Luis Del Valle [136.7lbs] UD4 Alberto Manukyan [135.3lbs] (40-35, 39-37, and 40-36)

Idemar Cordero [155lbs] TKO2 Luis Ramos [152lbs] (1:57)

Godson Noel [166.2lbs] UD4 Victor Kpadenou [168.2lbs] (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

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Ocasio-Blanco / “A Gift to Philadelphia” was promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions in association with Danny Garcia’s Swift Promotions. The 7-bout fight card took place at PA Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall on Friday, January 22, 2016. GFL.TV streamed the fights over the internet.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Wednesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

Fox Sports 1 results: James outworks Molina; Benavidez runs over Cobbs   Leave a comment

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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 19, 2016) – In front of a packed house at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE on Tuesday night in downtown Los Angeles, Premier Boxing Champions kicked off PBC On FOX Fight Week In Los Angeles with an exciting fight card on TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes.

Headlining the card, undefeated welterweight Jamal James of Burnsville, Minnesota (19-0, 9 KOs), won a 10-round unanimous decision over local favorite Javier Molina, (17-2, 8 KOs). Scores (99-91, 98-92 and 97-93) were surprisingly wide as most ringside observers thought it was a much closer fight.

Battling from the opening bell, James and Molina each had success with swift jabs and power shots throughout the first half of the fight. The intensity continued in the second half with both fighters sensing the bout was hanging in the balance of each stanza. Here’s what the fighters had to say about their performances:

Jamal James

I thought when he first came out in the first couple of rounds, it was pretty close. He was making it a tough fight. As the fight went on, I got him to fight my fight. I kept him on the outside.

I stuck to my game plan. I felt like I should have been busier. He had some tricky movement with his feet. The range was tough. I had a hard time finding my range, but once I found it, everything fell into place.

I believe I did gain a lot of fans tonight and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.

Javier Molina

I thought it was a close fight. I had a game plan, but I should have stayed inside more. He got wild and I stayed there and let him go out I started locking up. He would throw some punches that I shouldn’t have let him. I didn’t really do what I had to do.

I didn’t feel like the scorecards were fair. One judge only gave me one round. No way that was right. Either way I think I fought a good fight.

I felt like I had a lot of people behind me. I am bummed out and I feel like I let them down. I didn’t pull it off. I just hope I gave them an exciting fight.

Middleweight prospect Caleb Plant of Nashville, Tenn. (12-0, 9 KOs) stayed undefeated with an entertaining sixth-round stoppage of Spain’s Adasat Rodriguez (11-5-2, 7 KOs).

Plant showed excellent technique and defense keeping Rodriguez off-balance with an array of power shots. Battering the valiant Rodriguez who suffered two facial cuts, Plant earned the stoppage as the one-sided bout was stopped at 2:37 of the sixth round.

Caleb Plant

My performance was great. We are always looking to get better. I stayed patient. I’ve fought on five or six PBC cards. It’s a blessing.

I want to dedicate this to my daughter Leah in heaven. She passed last year on January 29. The anniversary is 10 days away and she gives me a lot of motivation.

I want to get back in the gym and get back as soon as I can. I’m not interested in taking time off. I’m a professional and this is what I do day in and day out.

In a scheduled six round super middleweight clash, knockout artist Malcolm McAllister (7-0, 7 KOs) who represented nearby Long Beach knocked out Tyrone Selders of Baton Rouge, LA (9-7-1, 6 KOs) in the third stanza. Dropped in the first round, Cobb also suffered a cut over his right yet as McAllister set a relentless pace.

Continuing to batter Selders in the next two rounds, McAllister was awarded the victory as referee Zachary Young stopped the bout at the 2:39 mark of the third round.

Malcolm McAllister

I am always going to do what I have to do. I’m happy I beat a tough guy.  I’m a fighter. I come to fight. I don’t care where it is, we come to fight. It’s a great opportunity and being on TV is a bonus.

This is my backyard. There were more people here supporting me and cheering me on than I expected. That was a great feeling.

Opening the telecast, undefeated super middleweight prospect David Benavidez of Phoenix (12-0, 11 KOs) stopped Burlington, VT’s Kevin Cobb, (10-2, 4 KOs) in the second round of their scheduled eight-round battle. Using heavy handed left hooks to the body, Benavidez controlled the action from the opening bell.

Staggering Cobb with an overhand right in the middle of the second round, Benavidez followed up with a full arsenal of power shots causing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the bout at the time of 1:08.

David Benavidez

I feel great we had a great training camp. If you saw my fight, I looked great as well. Phoenix has always had a lot of great talent, but not that many guys come out of Phoenix and I am proud of making a name for myself.

I knew I was going to get my opponent out that fast. I saw him fight. He doesn’t have that many skills. He was running a lot in the first round and that’s why I didn’t get him out there sooner. As soon as I got my hands on him…it was goodnight.

Four of the fighters featured on this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on FOX event were also on hand enjoying the fights to kick off their fight week:

Danny Garcia

There are some great fights tonight. I am happy my fighter Tommy Velasquez won by fourth round knockout. I am happy to be here.

I am proud of my fighter; he had an excellent performance and got the guy out of there.

This is a great week to start off my fight week, with a team win. The momentum is building and I can’t wait for Saturday night.

Sammy Vasquez

There are some great fights here and tough competitors. It makes me more excited for Saturday’s fights.

This is where you need to showcase your skills. On TV is where you need to be dominant, you need to be 100 percent on your A game. If you’re not, it gives someone else an opportunity to take your spot.

I don’t get to watch fights as a fan as much as I would like so this is a real treat for me.

Dominic Breazeale

This is a great way to kick off fight week. FS1 is here in town in downtown LA.

I am excited about the workout tomorrow, press conference and the weigh-in. All of the activities coming up.

These fights have been great so far. Guys going punch for punch, blow for blow, cut for cut.

Amir Mansour

My last fighter was Gerald Washington and he was taller than Breazeale. So you have to make adjustments for taller guys, but I’ve been fighting taller guys. You will see some definite changes in my game plan.

I thought I won my last fight. I want to take the judges out of the equation.

It’s sad that you’re putting your all into something. You’re making sacrifices and then you get in a situation that you have to knock the guy out.

I’m surprised Breazeale took this fight. I’ve faced better competition.

I’m really happy to be here and cheer on these up and coming fighters and start fight week watching some great fights.

Showtime results: Wilder sparks Szpilka; Glazkov does Martin’s job for him   Leave a comment

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NEW YORK (January 17, 2016) – American heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder defended his WBC title for the third time with a devastating ninth round knockout of Polish challenger Artur Szpilka on Saturday night, live on SHOWTIME in front of 12,668 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.   [VIDEO HIGHLIGHT]

With WBA and WBO Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury and Wilder’s mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin watching from ringside, Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) impressed yet again in knocking out his 35th opponent in 36 fights.

It was a close fight until Szpilka walked into a brutal right to the chin while throwing a wide left at 2:24 of the ninth round. Szpilka fell onto his back and remained unconscious on the canvas for a few moments before responding to questions and stating he was fine.  Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs) was conversing and moving all his extremities, however he was taken to Lutheran Hospital on a stretcher as a precautionary measure.

“He’s doing good,” said Szpilka’s trainer Ronnie Shields.  “He’s awake and knows exactly where he is.  He didn’t want to go to the hospital, but he’s going as a precaution.  It’s better safe than sorry.”

Power was the difference for Wilder, a 6-foot-7 bomber who landed 42 percent of his power shots against the southpaw opponent.  The 30-year-old briefly celebrated his victory before checking to ensure that Szpilka was going to be fine.

“I told him he was a great contender,” Wilder said.  “He came to give his all.  He gave his all for Brooklyn.  I always say two prayers.  I say a team prayer and I say an individual prayer.  I don’t want to hurt a man so he can’t go home to his family. We risk our lives every time we step in the ring.  He’s definitely in my prayers and I hope he’s doing well.

“He was definitely a crafty guy,” continued Wilder. “I haven’t competed against a southpaw in three years.  He was a tough competitor, but you’re fighting for a world title.  It’s not supposed to be easy.  I’m surprised it took that long, but we had 12 rounds and they can’t all can’t be pretty.”

Fury, the outspoken British unified world champion, climbed into the ring after the fight and claimed he wanted to fight Wilder in a unification blockbuster.

“Any time, any place, anywhere.  I’ll fight you in your backyard after I beat (Wladimir) Klitschko again.”

Wilder, the first American heavyweight champion in nearly a decade, dismissed Fury’s antics while promising he was game for a showdown that is undoubtedly one of the biggest fights that can be made in boxing.

“We all know Fury is just a phony,” Wilder said.  “This is just an act.  I’m not scared of anybody.  We’ll come to your backyard.  This is just an act – you’re not a real fighter.  I don’t play.  This isn’t wrestling. When you do step in that ring with me I promise you I will baptize you.

“I would love to fight him next, unfortunately, I have other mandatories due.  Make the date Tyson, I promise you.”

In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING opener, Charles Martin won the IBF Heavyweight World Championship when Vyacheslav Glazkov suffered a right knee injury in the third round and was unable to continue.  The fight was scored a third round TKO (1:50) after Glazkov told referee Earl Brown that he was unable to continue.

Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs), who was the aggressor throughout the fight, becomes the sixth southpaw heavyweight champion in boxing history and the second current American heavyweight titlist.

Glazkov (21-1-1, 13 KOs) slipped early in the third and seemed uneasy when he returned to his feet.  The previously undefeated Ukrainian continued fighting, but he fell to the canvas again while throwing a punch.  Replays confirmed that the right knee injury was a slip and wasn’t the result of a connected shot from Martin.  After the fight, ringside doctor Gerard Verlotta confirmed to SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray that the injury was a torn right ACL.

“I still wanted to fight,” Martin said.  “We trained for 12 rounds and we were going to get stronger as the rounds went on.  He just kind of twisted his ankle, it looked like.  But every time I hit him in the body and his legs were flying.  It’s boxing. That was a football injury.  I’m sorry for him.  It’s unfortunate he couldn’t continue the fight.

“I want to unify the titles.  We didn’t even fight tonight.  I want another fighter.  I want Tyson Fury.”

A dejected Glazkov pleaded his case for a rematch while being inspected by doctors in his locker room.

“This should have been my belt,” Glazkov said.  “I already had him figured out. I slipped and felt a sharp pain in my right knee and felt it give it out.  I’m very upset. I want a rematch when I recover.

In non-televised action, Brooklyn’s Adam Kownacki (13-0, 10 KOs) thrilled the hometown crowd with an exciting and dominant victory over Danny Kelly (9-2-1, 8 KOs). The Polish-born fighter used precise hooks and devastating uppercuts to earn the unanimous decision by scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73.

Undefeated Notre Dame alum Mike Lee (16-0, 10 KOs) was sharp in his cruiserweight outing as he stopped Joseph Gardner (11-9-1, 1 KO) 43 seconds into round three. Lee dropped his opponent twice in round three before finishing the bout in round four.

Ivan Golub (10-0, 8 KOs) blasted out Juan Rodriguez (12-4, 5 KOs) and scored a TKO victory in the first round. The Ukranian-born fighter now training out of Brooklyn delivered an enormous overhand right that sent Rodriguez down and prompted the referee to stop the fight 2:41 into the round.

Undefeated Polish middleweight Maciej Sulecki (22-0, 7 KOs) dominated veteran Derrick Findley (22-18-1, 14 KOs) to remain perfect via a stoppage 1:29 into the seventh round.

In a fun battle of unbeaten prospects Botisher Obidov (4-0-1, 1 KO) eked out a narrow unanimous decision over Ramil Gadzhiev (1-1, 1 KO) with all three judges scoring the fight 39-37.

Light heavyweight prospect Carlos Gongora  (4-0, 3 KOs) scored three knockdowns before eventually stopping Derrick Adkins (1-1-1, 1 KO) in round four. The final shot was a devastating body shot that ended the fight 1:58 into the round.

Brooklyn’s Julian Sosa (4-0-1, 2 KOs) thrilled his many fans in attendance with a dominant performance on his way to stopping Bryan Timmons (3-7, 3 KOs) at 1:48 into the second round.

Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will re-air on Monday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available On Demand beginning this Sunday.

Mauro Ranallo called the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING action with Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former world champion Paulie Malignaggi commentating and Jim Gray reporting. In Spanish, Alejandro Luna called the blow-by-blow with former world champion Raul Marquez serving as color commentator.

The event was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Warriors Boxing and Sferis Knockout Promotions and sponsored by Corona. The executive producer of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is David Dinkins Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.

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Fox Sports 1 results: Flores batters Briones; Perrella pulverizes Ayala; Elbiali hardly handles Hernandez   Leave a comment

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 13, 2016) – Miguel Flores (19-0, 9 KOs) defeated Mario Briones (27-5-2, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision (98-92, 100-90, 100-90) in a 10-round contest on the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes fight card Tuesday night from the Dance Hall in San Antonio.

Flores opened up the bout establishing the left to the body of Briones. Fighting out of Houston, TX, Flores controlled much of the action in the first, but Briones used his experience and had a nice exchange with Flores to close out the round.

Briones charged back hard in the second though, landing a left in the opening minute of the round that seemingly shocked Flores. Flores threw punches furiously trying to push Briones back and maybe even end it early.

Flores used much of the third and fourth to settle in and land heavy lefts to the body, clearly establishing himself as the stronger fighter. During the action, Briones suffered a cut that opened up over the left eye.

Briones, making his U.S. debut, was the victim of a low blow early in the fifth and took a few moments to regain himself. As the fighters continued, Briones’ cut opened more.

Flores, who was also showing signs of a small cut over his left eye, opened the round controlling the action in the sixth. However, Briones showed no quit and fought back to regain his confidence and advance to another frame.

The seventh round saw both fighters’ left eyes gush blood as the pair threw shots furiously, hoping to end the contest. Flores was hit below the belt, but both fighters showed tremendous will as they survived to extend the fight. The eighth went on as Flores and Briones exchanged toe-to-toe blows in the center of the ring.

Briones, who appeared to control the pace and distance for much of the ninth, had lots of success landing on the inside. But as the round came to a close Flores fought back refusing to be denied.

Flores opened up the tenth landing a determined double left to the body. The fighters’ heads collided shortly after the start of the round, causing both to take pause. Briones seemed the more seriously hurt of the two after the incidental head butt, but both elected to continue, taking the fight the distance.

The opening televised bout featured undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (14-0, 11 KOs) winning an eight-round unanimous decision (78-74, 77-75, 77-75) over Andrew Hernandez (10-4-1, 2 KOs).

After finding their distance, both landed heavy blows in the first. Elbiali managed to connect on a big left hook as the opening frame came to a close.

Hernandez, coming off just two weeks of rest, looked sharp in the second round, landing his right repeatedly. But Elbiali came right back back with another left hook.

In the third, Hernandez controlled much of the round from the outside, backing up Elbiali with the jab to set up combinations. Hernandez landed a shot that seemingly stunned Elbiali and then followed with a flurry to close out the round.

Hernandez carried his momentum over into the fourth and used his experience to make things difficult for Elbiali. Elbiali stalked Harnandez, hoping that the big shot would connect, but failing to land on the big one. As the round came to a close, Elbiali ate another big right hand.

Elbiali, a native of Cairo, Egypt, came out aggressive in the fifth and then stunned Hernandez early in the sixth. Elbiali landed a flurry of punches before Hernandez was able to gather himself and continue. Elbiali, knowing he had Hernandez close, tried to end the fight, but Hernandez survived the punishment.

Both fighters showed signs of tiring as the seventh round wore on, and Hernandez seemed to let a fight that was well within his grasp slip away. More of the same continued in the final round of the bout as Elbiali showed his skill and confidence. Hernandez reminded Elbiali that they were still in a fight, landing a one-two with 0:30 left, but Elbiali proved too much for Hernandez.

The second televised bout showcased undefeated welterweight Bryant Perrella (13-0, 12 KOs) getting a technical knockout win over Ramon Ayala (23-6-1, 11 KOs) just 0:10 in to the third round.

Perrella was able to stun Ayala early and continued to use his left to back Ayala down. Perrella kept his distance in the first, staying calm and balanced. A frustrated Ayala retaliated landing a couple of blows after the bell.

The second round saw Perrella control the action, breaking Ayala down and getting the better of the exchanges while landing combinations throughout.

Ultimately the barrage of punches early on was too much for Ayala who retired between rounds before the start of the third.

Below is what the televised fighters had to say about their performances tonight:

MIGUEL FLORES

The game plan was to box. In the middle rounds I fell asleep and fought a little too much on the inside, but we got the win tonight.

My speed and my youth helped me get the victory tonight. My footwork was also very important in getting the win.

The the only thing that frustrated me was I couldn’t knock him out. I thought I was going to get him out of there, but it was a great learning experience for me.

Tons of people just saw who I am and how I fight. I want to thank PBC and FS1 & FOX Deportes for allowing me this opportunity to make a name for myself and help grow our sport.

I don’t want to call anyone out, but I’m going be back to work soon. The featherweight division is going to mine, and by the time I get my shot at a title I’m going to be ready for the best.

AHMED ELBIALI

Things never go like we anticipate. My plan was to feel him out a bit more, but I hurt my hand in the first round. I don’t want to make any excuses, but I was hoping to be able to box him a little more.

My biggest advantage tonight was my size, youth and power. He had the experience though, and he looked decent in spots.

He was a smart veteran. He clinched a lot and did some things that crafty veterans know how to do.

Fighting on a PBC card boosts my profile and is great for my career. I’m looking forward to my next PBC fight card.

I really just want and need to improve with every fight. That’s all I can worry about. I’ve got to get this hand feeling better, but then work on making the adjustments to be better next time out.

ANDREW HERNANDEZ

I planned on stopping him. He’s a much bigger guy. I’m a natural middleweight, but it was a great chance to fight a quality fighter.

I felt like I could have stepped on the gas a bit more, worked more on the inside. We also know that he’s a dangerous guy though, so you have to be careful.

I thought that I did enough to win, but obviously the judges didn’t agree with me. I think the fans who watched think that I won, but I’ll be back.

BRYANT PERRELLA

I really wanted to just go in there and flow tonight, not rush to knockout. I was hoping to establish my jab and win round by round.

The work and training that I put in got me here and helped me get the win tonight. I eat, sleep and breathe boxing. My strength, power and speed helped me a lot tonight.

He jumped in and hit me a few times with his head, so that made me a little hesitant to get in there on the inside.

Being able to fight on a BPC card is a blessing. Being able to do what I love to do, this is just a dream come true fighting on FS1 & FOX Deportes.

I’d love to face some of the guys that I had strong fights with in the amateurs, Errol Spence Jr. being one of them. We have some unfinished business that we’ll have to take care of in the future.

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The card was promoted by Leija Battah Promotions.

Ringside results from Sun National Bank Center: Vicente demolishes Dominguez, Tapia wallops Wilson, and Chad Dawson returns   Leave a comment

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Trenton, NJ (December 8, 2015) – Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports 1 made its Sun National Bank Center debut with an eight bout card headlined by super bantamweights, Juan Dominguez (19-0, 13 KOs) vs Yenifel Vicente (27-3-2, 19 KOs). It did not go according to plan (on multiple levels). Firstly, there were only a few hundred people at the venue and at least half of them were unpaid attendance. Subsequently the 8,600 capacity arena looked desolate.

That being said, the card was put together in only a few weeks. It took place during a weekday and the most local fighters were from Philadelphia. The promotion (King’s Boxing / Marshall Kauffman) was already overextended with other shows on Nov. 20, Dec. 4, and Dec. 29. Making a profit was not feasible. Be that as it may, Al Haymon and his investors have deep pockets…

Secondly, Dominguez’s rise to world title contention was derailed dramatically. After signing with Al Haymon in 2014, the unbeaten Dominguez picked up 3 soft-touch victories before hoping to use Yenifel Vicente as a stepping stone toward bigger fights. Team Dominguez had eyes on the likes of Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton, Gary Russell Jr, Lee Selby, Abner Mares, Jesus Cuellar and more rivals in the Haymon stable.

However, the more seasoned Vicente had other plans. Going in, Vicente had lost to, and beaten, better fighters than Dominguez had ever faced professionally. Ultimately, Vicente proved to be a larger step-up in class than Dominguez was ready for. Dominguez took spurts of punishment in rounds 1 and 2 before Vicente laid him out 20 seconds into round 3 with an overhand right. It’s a late candidate for “Knockout of the Year.”

Following the knockout, Dominguez remained on the canvas for several minutes and was escorted out of the arena on a stretcher. Fortunately his condition improved upon transport to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Prospects beware: Yenifel Vicente is still a formidable gatekeeper in the junior featherweight division.

Auspiciously for Haymon and his PBC brand, the co-feature of the night more-or-less went as expected, albeit not without a few hair-raising moments. After an exceptional round 1, cruiserweight prospect Keith Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) had to dig deep to overcome brutal assaults from Garrett Wilson (16-9-1, 9 KOs) in rounds 2, 3 and 4. Although Tapia took the punches incredibly well and returned fire with fire, he appeared greatly diminished by the end of round 4.

Fortunately for Tapia, Wilson wore down as well. And with the pace of the fight slowed, Tapia was able to resume outboxing Wilson from range. He landed a plethora of jabs, uppercuts, hooks, and straight right hands, often in combination, en route to a unanimous decision victory. Judges Larry Layton and Robin Taylor scored the bout 99-91 while John Stewart more realistically had it 97-93. Tapia dedicated his victory to fallen fighter Prichard Colon, who would just begin to wake from his coma weeks later.

Prior to the televised boxing on FS1, a few hundred eyeballs bared witness to the return of former three-time light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-4, 18 KOs). He won an easy 10-round decision over Shujaa El Amin (12-8, 6 KOs), whose trunks still read Dion Savage. With El Amin doing more trash talking than throwing punches, it’s no wonder that all scores were 100-90, unanimously in Dawson’s favor. Dawson refused to engage El Amin verbally and instead did everything he was supposed to do besides get the stoppage. Had El Amin actually tried to win, Dawson would have had more opportunities to get him out of there.

Despite being out of commission for 14 months, Dawson’s conditioning had not deteriorated. He attributed his inactivity to shoulder surgery following his controversial split decision loss to Tommy Karpency in October, 2014. Although he took time off for rehab, Dawson claims to have never stopped running. Reportedly, he was back in the gym four months before getting back in the prize-ring.

According to “Bad” Chad, he’ll need 2-3 more fights to shake his ring rust; then he’ll be ready to step back up against the best light heavyweights in the world. While Nathan Cleverly was the first fighter that Dawson name-dropped when questioned about who he had eyes on, triple world champion Sergey Kovalev appeared to be his ultimate goal. However, boxing politics being what they are, more readily available light heavyweights in the Al Haymon stable include Andrzej Fonfara, Artur Beterbiev, Edwin Rodriguez, Marcus Browne, Thomas Williams Jr, or even Adonis Stevenson again.

In the second televised bout of the night, between the aforementioned principle bouts, middleweights Immanuwel Aleem (14-0, 9 KOs) and Carlos Galvan (11-3-1, 10 KOs) waged war upon each other in the most competitive fight of the night. Round 1 began with blistering back-and-forth action that saw Galvan close stronger. But as Galvan slowed down in round 2, Aleem made better use of his technical advantages. Aleem’s success continued into round 3, landing an overhand right that nearly produced a knockdown. Aleem then went in for the kill early in round 4 but wasn’t very effective. Eventually Aleem faded and Galvan landed the heavier, more effective punches down the stretch of round 4.

In round 5, Aleem rebounded by pacing himself and boxing smart. The consistency of Aleem’s jab stayed the course for half of round 6, but then Immanuwel once again conceded to toe-to-toe warfare. Nevertheless, Aleem bounced back one final time in round 7 when he rocked Galvan repeatedly with left hooks.

Ultimately the fight ended with both boxers letting their fists fly, making round 8 hard to call in a close fight. However, no one could have deduced how close the fight really was when Aleem was originally declared the winner by unanimous decision. Scores were announced as 78-74, 77-75, and 77-75, all for Aleem. Several weeks later, said unanimous decision was still reported on the PBC website.

Results

In reality, judge Larry Layton scored the bout 78-74 for Aleem, judge John Stewart scored it 77-75 for Galvan, and judge John McKaie had it 77-75 for Aleem. Thus Aleem won by split decision, which the media was made aware of within minutes of the incorrect announcement. PBC must have missed the memo…

In any event, the remaining untelevised and unheralded card consisted of an early knockout, a late knockout, and two non-competitive decisions.

In the first bout of the night, bantamweight Jordan White had a successful pro debut against Jose Roman (0-3), knocking him out with the first combination landed, 0:20 into round 1.

In the second bout, super middleweight / light heavyweight prospect Christopher Brooker (4-1, 4 KOs) toyed with Zaccariah Kelly (5-12, 5 KOs) over the course of 4 rounds before hurting Kelly in the 5th round with a body shot. Brooker finished Kelly off 0:32 into the 6th and final round.

In the third fight, Dan Pasciolla (5-1) routinely outpointed Corey Morely (0-0-1) in a dreadful 4-round heavyweight contest. Scores were 40-36 across the board. The taller Pasciolla moved laterally and worked behind his jab. Morely had difficulty finding a comfortable punching range and was out of gas by round 2. Pasciolla didn’t do anything special, but it was enough to win every round clearly.

In the evening’s final fight (post-main event) Alex Martin (10-0, 5 KOs) outboxed Cameron Krael (8-7-2, 1 KO) over 6 rounds in a welterweight contest. It was a walk-out bout in the truest sense of the words. Krael had his best moments in round 3 when Martin was bloodied. Nonetheless, Martin won by unanimous decision, 60-54 across the board.

Note: While Cameron’s last name was listed as Kreal on the official bout sheet, it was spelled Krael on his trunks. The clothing that was purchased for him probably spelled his name correctly. But who knows…

Elvin Ayala (28-7-1, 12 KOs) vs Denis Douglin (19-4, 13 KOs) in a super middleweight bout was also scheduled for the card, but it was scratched after Ayala weighed in eight pounds above the contracted limit. Fortunately for Douglin, PBC served him Marcus Upshaw three weeks later. Douglin went on to win via TKO in round 8.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.